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Games Leftovers

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Games: Yorg, Clawface, Cendric, BATTLETECH, Surviving Mars

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Games: Pillars of Eternity, Life is Strange and More

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Games: Life is Strange, Unreal Engine 4.19, Slime Rancher and More

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  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm Is Coming to Linux and Mac This Spring

    UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that it would port the standalone adventure story Life is Strange: Before the Storm to the Linux and macOS platforms this spring.

    Feral Interactive already brought Linux gamers the episodic graphic adventure video game Life Is Strange developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, and they now plan to bring the new, three-part standalone story Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which is developed by Deck Nine.

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm is officially coming to Linux, port from Feral Interactive

    Life is Strange: Before the Storm [Steam], the standalone story adventure set three years before the original is officially heading to Linux! Feral Interactive have today announced that it will arrive sometime this Spring.

    Feral Interactive ported the original Life is Strange episodes to Linux, so I’m not surprised they’re teaming up again to bring Before the Storm to Linux. I think they did a very good job of the port before and I certainly enjoyed it a lot. Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Deluxe Edition for Linux will include all three episodes along with the bonus episode, "Farewell".

  • Feral Bringing Life is Strange: Before the Storm To Linux

    hile still working on A Total War Saga: THRONES OF BRITANNIA and Rise of The Tomb Raider to Linux this spring, Feral Interactive has now confirmed another port coming to Linux (and macOS).

    This spring Feral will also be delivering Life is Strange: Before the Storm to Linux and macOS. This adventure story game is being ported to Linux/macOS by Feral while they haven't yet announced the system requirements nor confirming yet if it will be an OpenGL or Vulkan port.

  • Unreal Engine 4.19 Brings Resonance Audio, AR Improvements & Better Landscape Rendering

    As a nice Pi Day surprise and a week ahead of the Game Developers' Conference (GDC 18) is a new Unreal Engine 4 release from Epic Games.

    Unreal Engine 4.19 has over one hundred improvements compared to UE 4.18 and a wealth of fixes. Among the highlights of Unreal Engine 4.19 include temporal upsampling support, a unified AR framework, physical light units, sequencer improvements, HTC VIVE Pro VR headset support, landscape rendering optimizations, an experimental proxy LOD system, experimental material layering support, and more.

  • Slime Rancher's big Mochi's Megabucks update is out, fixes Linux blackscreen issues

    Slime Rancher [GOG, Steam], the game about running around sucking up cute (and some not so cute) slimes and running a farm is easily one of the sweetest games available on Linux and the Mochi's Megabucks update is rather good.

    Firstly, you no longer need to tweak anything to get around the old Unity3D bug where on Linux you would get a blackscreen, as they've updated Unity for this release and it works perfectly now!

  • Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is being pirated with permission from the developer

    According to TorrentFreak, Serious Sam's Bogus Detour [Steam] is being pirated by Voksi, one of the people known for cracking Denuvo.

  • KING Art have remastered their 'whodunit' adventure The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief and it's out now
  • Citra, the work in progress Nintendo 3DS emulator now has a much improved OpenGL renderer

    For those who love emulation, you might want to know about Citra [Official Site], a work in progress Nintendo 3DS emulator that we've never written about here before. It seems they've been hard at work too!

    Unlike the Dolphin emulator for the GameCube and the Wii, Citra is not currently moving towards Vulkan. Instead, they've poured a lot of work into their current OpenGL renderer to improve performance and fix rendering issues and from what they've shown, it's getting quite impressive.

5 open source card and board games for Linux

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Gaming has traditionally been one of Linux's weak points. That has changed somewhat in recent years thanks to Steam, GOG, and other efforts to bring commercial games to multiple operating systems, but many of those games are not open source. Sure, the games can be played on an open source operating system, but that is not good enough for an open source purist.

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Games Leftovers

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Games: Habitica, Bacon Man, Neverwinter Nights

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  • Habitica: a role-playing game for self improvement

    What if real-life chores could gain you fake internet points like in an online role-playing game? That's the premise of Habitica, a productivity application disguised as a game. It's a self-improvement application where players can list their daily tasks or to-do items in the game; every time one is checked-off, the game rewards the player with points or game items.

    The game dresses up the task-checking mechanics with the standard trappings of the genre; there are character classes, weapons, armor, and level progression. These are mapped onto real-life tasks in novel ways; it is designed to make daily chores fun. The game is hosted on the Habitica server and can be played from either a web interface or a mobile app (iOS and Android). Both the mobile apps and the server software are available under the GPLv3.

  • Action platformer 'Bacon Man: An Adventure' is being ported to Linux

    Bacon Man: An Adventure [Official Site], an action platformer from Skymap Games is currently being ported to Linux. It looks surprisingly good too!

    The latest post on Steam is from the end of last month, where a developer replied to a rather old forum topic that asked about Linux support back in 2016. Quite surprising really, to see a developer bring back such an old post to update people, but nice to see.

  • Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition release date announced for March 27th, day-1 Linux support

    Beamdog has announced that Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition [Steam, Official Site] will officially release on March 27th and it's coming with day-1 Linux support.

    Announced on Twitter, where they also replied to our question to confirm Linux at day-1. We obviously knew it was already coming to Linux, but knowing it's for sure at the same time as other platforms is indeed great news.

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Programming: Developer Survey, Code That Unmasks, Retaining Newcomers

  • Developers love trendy new languages but earn more with functional programming
    Developer Q&A site Stack Overflow performs an annual survey to find out more about the programmer community, and the latest set of results has just been published.
  • FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables [Ed: Just a kind reminder that if you are e using Microsoft's tools compile source code, there will be surveillance and telemetry in your compiled code]
    Programmers can be potentially identified from the low-level machine-code instructions in their software executables by AI-powered tools. That's according to boffins from Princeton University, Shiftleft, Drexel University, Sophos, and Braunschweig University of Technology, who have described how stylometry can be applied to binary files. That's kinda bad news for people who wish to develop software, such as privacy-protecting apps, anonymously, as this technology can be used to potentially unmask them. It's also kinda good news for crimefighters trying to identify malware authors.
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Software: 5 Online Backup Solutions, Lector, Roundcube

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    As the digital age progresses, the amount of data we produce each year is snowballing. There was a time when we could fit all of our personal digital data on a few floppy disks, but many of us now have hundreds of gigabytes, or even terabytes, of photos, videos, music, and documents that we need to backup and protect. Backing up our data locally is essential, but any good backup plan should also include off-site backups. “The Cloud” has promised us unlimited, cheap storage where we can save our ever-growing data. Online cloud backups should be a part of your overall backup plan, but it’s crucial that your data is secure, encrypted, and backed up automatically. Here are a few online backup tools that aim to make cloud backups easy for desktop Linux users.
  • This Qt eBook App for Linux is a Real Page Turner
    Lector a new open-source Qt-based ebook app for Linux desktops. It supports most common DRM-free ebook files, including EPUB, MOBI, and AZW, as well as comic book files in the CBZ or CBR format. In both visuals and in features Lector is something of a page-turner; a desktop ebook reader you can absolutely judge by its cover. So join me as I take a closer look at its features.
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